Balans Seven Dials

The Soho institution that is Balans has extended its brand in the form of its latest branch in Seven Dials (by Covent Garden) and it most certainly impresses.

I was pleasantly surprised & extremely happy to be greeted by the manager himself, the lovely Fabio Pace. Fabio was very welcoming and nothing was too much, we never had an empty glass, he sat us in perfect positioning within the beautiful bistro which made for a very intimate lunch in heart of London. Fabio & the staff work together like a dream, the whole cafe has a homely feel which is reflected in the family-like tendencies of the staff. This atmosphere encourages people to relax in the busy city and enjoy the food and drink that Balans Seven Dials have to offer.

IMG_2214The new menu that has only been live for a few weeks has a vast choice for any food lover as well the pickier of eaters. To start we chose the pulled duck taco, caramelised onion tart and smoked salmon, and was happy to discover all are home made. The chef’s knowledge and understanding of flavours ensure that all meals are to the highest quality and really complimented the meals themselves. For example the use of rock salt on the water cress to compliment the sweetness of the caramelised onion tart really finishes off this “small plate” (as described on the menu) For a main my guest chose The Infamous Balans burger with double dipped chips, to look at this is a work of art, to taste this is heaven in the mouth. I myself chose the 10oz Sirloin Steak again with double dipped chips. As a big steak lover, I am very particular how my steak should look & taste,.Balans Seven Dials outdid themselves, I can honestly say this was the BEST steak I have ever eaten, cooked to perfection. We simply did not have room for dessert & I must say this was a first for the both of us. Fabio’s recommendation on cocktails and the presentation by the barmaid were second to none, absolutely fantastic flavours of which most have been mixed themselves. The presentation of the cocktails was quirky and unique.

IMG_2233Balans Seven Dials is a fabulous place with a sophisticated touch both in terms of ambiance and design but also the cooking. At the same time the experience is very informal and the service was absolutely fantastic – prompt and professional the staff are incredibly friendly, all of which made us very welcome and provided an excellent service despite how busy they were. Food wise, the menu is pretty eclectic and hence offers an opportunity for a quick bite on the go or a full proper 3 course dinner. It’s a great place to catch up with friends whilst in the city or for lunch before a relaxing spa treatment, as was the case for myself & my guest the beautiful Jemma.

Although I would give Balans Seven Dials a 10 out of 10 for food & décor, it really is Fabio & his team who make it what it is. I have found my new favourite place to eat in London!

Wonderfully divine!!!